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a difficult situation or problem
  • How to Memorize
    • quandary - dilemma
  • Analysis

    If you are in a ‘quandary’, then you are in a tough, hard to resolve a situation where you struggle to come to a decision about what to do. Often times this is because all the options available to you are unpleasant or have a strong possibility of a negative outcome, yet you have no choice but to pick one.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Antonymscertitude, assured, unambiguous,
  • Example(s)
    1. Whatever decision I make over who gets the job, somebody is going to be bitterly disappointed. It’s a real quandary.

    2. The government seem to be in a quandary about how to handle the crisis. It’s a no-win situation for them, really.

    3. The quandary is how to restore order on the streets without harming peaceful protestors.